India-bound Jeep Compact SUV testing with production body – Spied


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One of the manufacturing sites is the Tata-FCA JV’s Ranjangaon plant.

The upcoming Jeep Compact SUV has been spotted testing by spy photographers, giving a better look at the final design of the Jeep Patriot and Compass replacement.

India-bound Jeep Compact SUV front three quarter spied

The Jeep Compact SUV will feature an exterior styling that heads in the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s direction, sporting a refined and modern styling. Although not seen in the spyshot, it will certainly have Jeep’s iconic seven slot grille flanked by small headlamps, and a clamshell hood.

Like most Jeeps, it rides at a high ground clearance, and could get black plastic cladding for better protection over off-road trails. The rear-end is slightly raked to the front, and appears to have wrap-around taillamps and a roof spoiler.

India-bound Jeep Compact rear SUV spied

The Jeep Compact SUV will, reportedly, be based on an extended version of the Jeep Renegade’s Small Wide 4×4 platform. The engine lineup may include a 2.4-liter Tigershark and 2.0-liter MultiAir turbo engines as the rumored options. Both will be offered with a 9-speed automatic gearbox, and could feature the same 4×4 system from the boxy Renegade as an optional feature.

India-bound Jeep Compact SUV side spied

Fiat India has confirmed in its business plan that a Jeep Compact SUV will be manufactured at Fiat-Tata JV’s plant in Ranjangaon. Media reports say that the Jeep C-SUV could also be exported to RHD markets like Australia, South Africa and the U.K.

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[Source: Car Advice]

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